Beirut and Coldplay both debuted new songs last Friday. Whereas Coldplay’s ‘effort’ was a complete rip-off of a rejected Simon Cowell song (which The Quietus pointed out), which goes to show just how much ‘art’ Chris Martin and the boring guys who stand behind him have left, Beirut’s ‘East Harlem’ sees him channel The Velvet Underground and Jay-Z and Alicia Keys and sing a song about New York City. But it’s so obviously Beirut throughout. It’s a little bit more jauntier and brighter than other things Zach Condon has done, and it puts his storytelling lyrics more front and centre than before, when the dense music can overwhelm everything around it. The track is taken from last year’s live album and you can buy limited edition 7″ records from Rough Trade – it’s backed by ‘Goshen’. Beirut plays Electric Picnic in September – his live show is astounding. Listen to ‘East Harlem’ below via Soundcloud, and a live video of ‘Goshen’ is just below that.

Beirut – ‘East Harlem’

Update: Listen Before You Buy have put up the recorded version of ‘Goshen’. Listen below or go there, I don’t mind.

Beirut – ‘Goshen’